Coach

  • Game Cards Divisions U10, U12 and U14 are competitive divisions.  We keep track of the scores, and the standings are affected by referee participation and by sportsmanship.  (Remember, the AYSO Team is more than just the players!)  The game cards are the official records of each match.  Here’s how the process works.

    Before the season starts, each U10, U12 and U14 coach should get a supply of game cards.  We have 11 games this year and as many as 4 playoff games, so each coach should get 15 cards.  This year, you can click on Game Cards 2014 and download an Excel file that will make game cards for you!  Go to the Instructions tab, fill in your team information and your roster, and then the Front tab will have 16 game cards for you, with the date, time, field and opponent already filled in and the players listed in numerical order.  The Back tab has the information on the back of the card.  If you choose to go this route, you will need to print directly onto 8 1/2 x 11 card stock, landscape orientation, two cards per page, first the front and then the back.  (Or print onto regular paper and then photocopy onto card stock.)  Of course blank cards will still be available at the Clubhouse and at the tent at Area H or Victory Park.

    Before the match, each coach provides one game card to the referee team.  Coaches fill out the team information at the top of the card, the complete roster, and the date/time/field at the bottom.

    During the match, each assistant referee has custody of the card for the team on that side of the field.  Mark substituted players with an X in the appropriate “Quarters Out” column, goalkeepers with a G.  When a player on your side scores a goal, put a tally mark | in the appropriate “Goals Scored” column.  The matrix at the bottom should have the number of goals scored by each team in each half, and the sum (the final score) in the rightmost column.  The home team is listed on top.  The scores had better be the same on both cards.

    After the match, the referee team prints their names, team credit, and code letters on the back of both cards.  They rate the sportsmanship of the coaches, players and spectators separately for each team on a scale of 0 to 5.  A typical game is 3-3-3.  Please provide comments for anything atypical, whether good or bad.  Code letters: A if you were assigned to the match, B if you were a pre-arranged substitute (give your own team number and I will credit both teams), C if you were a last-minute fill-in and a certified referee, and D if you were a club linesman.

    Once the cards are completed, the referee team turns them in.  If you are at Area H or Victory Park, take them to the referee/coach tent — east of the Blockhouse near field 1 at Area H, north of the parking lot at Victory Park.  For other fields, use a white Game Card Envelope as described next.

    Remote fields use white 6×9 inch Game Card Envelopes.  If you have the first game of the day at Muir North, Muir South or LC FIS Lower, you will find in the goal storage bin a large brown envelope labeled “Game Card Envelopes.”  As you are setting up the goals, please take one Game Card Envelope from the bin and attach it to the side of the nearer goal.  The referee for the first game is responsible for seeing that this happens.  I or my son Rob will put envelopes out at Muir Central, LCHS JV, and Blair.  Referees throughout the day will deposit their two game cards into that envelope.  After the last game of the day, the referee (or a delegate) must untie the Game Card Envelope from the net and return it to the Clubhouse.  There is a receptacle on the wall outside the door for just this purpose.

    Thank you all very much for your cooperation.  When all the cards are filled out correctly, and all the cards and all the envelopes are returned in a timely fashion, my job is so much easier!


    - Bill Owen, region 13 statistician, stats@ayso13.org
  • Sideline Etiquette

    AYSO strives to create a healthy environment for our children and our community. One of the ways we do this is by maintaining a high standard of conduct at our games:

    • Negative comments and complaints about officiating are prohibited.
    • In Region 13, the home team always occupies the north or west sideline. This rule applies regardless of sun, shade or other conditions.
      • Spectators must sit on their team’s sideline.
      • No spectators are allowed behind the goal line.
    • Coaches must remain in “the technical area” (on the sideline, within 10 yards of the halfway line). Whether or not the technical area is painted, coaches must go no further from the halfway line than the edge of the center circle.
      • Exceptions: U6, U7, and U8 coaches are allowed along the entire sideline.
    • Only coaches may “coach” (i.e., instruct and direct the players). Others on the sideline should cheer and encourage, but never coach.
    • Coach participation in matches is limited to comments that are positive, instructional, or encouraging.
    • A coach should not speak to opposing players, except perhaps to compliment them on their play.
    • Coaches and spectators are not entitled to question the referee’s calls or ask for explanations during a match.
    • Coaches are not permitted on the field unless specifically invited by the referee (e.g., even if there is an injury, the coach must be invited by the referee before entering the field).
      • Exceptions:
        • U7 Coaches are permitted on the field for September games.
        • U6 Coaches are permitted on the field throughout the season.
    • Alcohol and tobacco products are prohibited at AYSO games and practices, and in the immediate vicinity of AYSO fields.
    • AYSO games (and practices) require a certified, currently registered AYSO coach.
    • AYSO scheduled games require a certified, currently registered AYSO referee. If there is no referee, there can be no game, but the teams may still scrimmage.
    • Region 13 has adopted a NO Pets Policy at all AYSO events held in the Region.  We ask all parents, guests and spectators to please leave your pets at home when you attend any AYSO event including practices, games, picture day, opening ceremonies, Tournaments, etc. This Policy is endorsed at the National level, is endorsed at the Section level, is endorsed at the Area level, is consistent with neighboring Regions and is in keeping with our Insurance Policy which does not cover animal bites or related injuries.  Service animals are generally exempt from this Policy. We appreciate your cooperation.

Coach – someone in charge of training an athlete or a team

Each year over 500 parents and volunteers step forward to coach either as a head coach or assistant coach. Region 13 and AYSO provide these outstanding individuals with the training they need to be effective coaches. The training is always age appropriate. Ask any coach just how rewarding the experience is. No experience necessary. Won’t you volunteer to coach?

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